100 things massage is better than

This is post 100 on my blog!  Thanks for reading along and for the encouraging words to continue with it.

If you haven’t picked up on this by now, I think massage is great.  I began thinking of things that massage is better than.  So here, in no particular order (or maybe there is an order, for you secret code-breakers out there) is –

100 things that massage is better than.

1- It’s better than a sharp stick in the eye.  This is an old hillbilly saying, courtesy of my dad.

2- It’s better than being stuck in traffic.

3- It’s better than not getting a good night’s sleep.

4- It’s better than having a disease named after you.

5- It’s better than letting a repetitive activity cause you pain.  Massage can work as maintenance and put muscles back in their proper place.

6- It’s better than turning your phone on silent, then forgetting where you put it, so you can’t call it and hear it go off.

7- It’s better than having your muscles tied up in knots.

8- It’s better than getting a flat tire in the rain.

9- It’s better than not being able to find your glasses.

10- It’s better than having a headache.  Massage provides relief from tension headaches to migraines.

11- It’s better than having an inane song stuck in your head.

12- It’s better than working on your taxes.

13- It’s better than having dry skin.  Massage helps gives you softer and more moisturized skin.

14- It’s better than watching scary movies on Friday the 13th during a full moon in a creepy house all by yourself.

15- It’s better than letting a little problem develop into a big one.  Massage can keep small problems in their place.  Big problems develop by ignoring them when they are small.

16- It’s better than being under so much pressure that volcanoes are jealous of you.

17- It’s better than having your tongue stuck to a frozen pole like the kid in “A Christmas Story”.

18- It’s better than getting sunburned.  Especially on your feet.  That’s so annoying.

19- It’s better to smile than to scowl.  Massage lets you remember where you left your smile.

20- It’s better than a stiff neck.

21- It’s better than changing diapers.

22- It’s better than waiting in line, especially in the express line behind people who have too many items.

23- It’s better to breathe deeply than short, shallow breaths.  Deep breathing helps you relax and slow down.  You can do this anytime and anywhere.  Well maybe not while under water or being chased by an angry rhino.

24- It’s better than feeling like you have no energy.  Massage can help you feel good so you want to do more.

25- It’s better than not being aware of your body.  You feel better after a massage, so you begin to notice when something starts to hurt.  A small change can prevent future painful problems.

26- It’s better than somebody telling you the ending of a movie that you want to see.

27- It’s better than feeling like a piece of uncooked spaghetti – all stiff and inflexible.  Wouldn’t it be better to feel like a cooked piece, all loose and limber?  Massage can do that without stuffing you in a pot of boiling water.

28- It’s better than having a paper cut.

29- It’s better to sing than snarl.  Even if you just sing to yourself, sing.

30- It’s better than having jaw pain.

31-It’s better than being on the wrong side of the bathroom door.

32- It’s better than political commercials.  Even politicians don’t like them.  The crime rate would go down if that’s all prisoners got to watch on TV and listen to.

33- It’s better to feel like you can move fluidly and gracefully than to feel stiff and clumsy.

34- It’s better than holding a grudge.  Is it that big of a deal?  Can you let it go and feel better?

35- It’s better than being wound up tight.  Loosen up your body and mind and feel the freedom of movement, energy, and thought.

36- It’s better than not getting the joke people around you are laughing at.  It’s OK, some of them didn’t get it either.

37- It’s better than that recurring weird dream.  You know the one.

38- It’s better than shoes that are too tight.

39- It’s better than feeling anxiety.  Massage helps calm everything down.

40- It’s better than having a sore shoulder.  Or two sore shoulders.

41- It’s better than going to the dark side.

42- It’s better than breaking the shoestrings in every shoe you own on the same day and the only footwear you have are diving flippers.

43- It’s better than waking up in pain.  That’s a crummy way to start your day.

44- It’s better than a late rush assignment on Friday that makes you work on the weekend.

45- It’s better than trying to carry the weight of responsibilities all of the time.  Massage gives you a time to put them down for a while.  When you pick them up again, they may not seem so heavy.

46- It’s better than having to rhyme everything you say.

47- It’s better than having a bad habit.  Massage can make you feel better and want to do better.

48- It’s better than a camping trip in a thunderstorm.

49- It’s better than having arthritis pain.

50- It’s better than not being able to turn your head.  Turning your whole body to look to the side doesn’t count.

51- It’s better than being boring.  Get a massage to feel good, then go do something!

52- It’s better than losing your car keys.  Or house keys.  Or piano keys.

53- It’s better than feeling unproductive.  Get rid of some pain and stress and get more done.

54- It’s better than hitting a skunk with your car.  Or with anything really.

55- It’s better than being deprived of touch.  Touch is a basic human need and many people don’t get enough in their daily lives.  Massage is a safe way to receive the touch you may be lacking.

56- It’s better than dwelling on your problems.  Massage helps clear your mind and allow solutions in.

57- It’s better than having bad posture.  Getting loosened up helps you have good posture.

58- It’s better than finding out somebody ate the last piece of chocolate or the last cookie.

59- It’s better than having your shoulders up by your ears.  Let them go back down where they belong.  They like it better there.

60- It’s better than back pain.  No, bending your back is not overrated.

61- It’s better than having howler monkeys who have an ongoing argument with a pack of coyotes take up residence outside your bedroom window every night.

62- It’s better than getting a computer virus.

63- It’s better than finishing shoveling your driveway in the winter then have the snow plow push more snow in.

64- It’s better than somebody always correcting your grammar.  The grammar police are not allowed in the massage room with you.

65- It’s better than feeling stressed.  Stress makes everything harder.

66- It’s better than having a picture of you turn into an internet meme.

67- It’s better than a mosquito buzzing in your ear when you are about to fall asleep.

68- It’s better than losing the TV remote.  Even worse if it is political commercial season.

69- It’s better than needing to take pills for pain regularly.  Even if you own stock in the pill companies.

70- It’s better than foot pain.  Foot massage can help all parts of your legs, and even your hips and back feel better.

71- It’s better than feeling grumpy and crotchety.  Relieve some stress and try acting with kindness and you will probably get some back.

72- It’s better than being attacked by pirates.  I bet those guys would feel better if they got a massage.

73- It’s better than giving up on a dream or a goal.  Feel better and try again!

74- It’s better than thinking you wrote something important in invisible ink but it wasn’t.

75- It’s better than not being listened to.  When you come in I will give you my full attention the whole time.  Nothing else is as important to me as you are.  You came in for a reason.  You deserve to be heard and get the service you need.

76- It’s better than having a whistle in your nose, a frog in your throat, and the hiccups all at the same time.

77- It’s better than having poison ivy.  A lot.

78- It’s better than trying to read the fine print in a contract, or reading the license agreements from computer software.

79- It’s better than being in a foul mood.  In just an hour your day can turn around.

80- It’s better than calf pain.  From your leg, not a small cow, although I guess a small cow could hurt you, so it’s better than that too.

81- It’s better than trying to remember all of your computer passwords.

82- It’s better than college tuition, or student loan bills.

83- It’s better than living in the past or worried about the future.  Massage helps you be in the present.

84- It’s better than having everything you own covered in glitter.

85- It’s better than thinking that nobody cares about you.  Although we may not be close friends or even see each other outside of your appointments, you are important to me.

86- It’s better than living with regret.  What is it that you really want?  Go for it!

87- It’s better than having your mind feel fogged up.  I always feel like I can think much more clearly after a massage.

88- It’s better than going back to work sore after weekend home project or sports adventures.

89- It’s better than accidentally sending that email you wrote to get your anger out.

90- It’s better than hip and leg pain.

91- It’s better than walking barefoot across a floor covered in Lego pieces.  In the dark.

92- It’s better than pulling weeds from your garden.

93- It’s better than watching TV.  Unless maybe it’s Bugs Bunny.  He’s hard to beat.  You can find those online after your massage though.

94- It’s better than your cereal getting all soggy or your eggs getting cold.

95- It’s better than living with chronic pain.  Massage can’t cure everything but it can make daily living better and give you a way to manage it.

96- It’s better than always trying to be perfect.  Come on, nobody can do that.  The people you care about aren’t perfect and don’t expect you to be either.

97- It’s better than a bad haircut.

98- It’s better than having to do something for somebody.  Anybody.  It gives you an entire hour, all to yourself, that you are responsibility free.

99- It’s better than keeping a poor body image.  Massage lets your body feel good which makes it easier to have a better image.

100- It’s better than reading a long list of things on a blog post.

What do you think massage is better than?  Leave a comment or tell me on your next visit.

Barry is a licensed massage therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson Ohio.  You can learn more at www.Hudson.MassageTherapy.com

 

 

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Massage and Bumper Cars

Most of us have been to an amusement park and driven the bumper cars.  It’s a fun activity that doesn’t provide much threat of danger.

You know when you get in the car that you are going to get hit – probably many times.  There are too many other cars that are driving all over to avoid being hit ever.  It’s not a race and there are no lanes that drivers are supposed to stay in.  You can be driving along minding your own business when suddenly somebody hits you from the side or behind.  We can usually see the head-on ones coming and try to miss them.  Your friends or family may gang up on you, or complete strangers hit you.

So you get bumped a few times.  Even getting hit by somebody going full speed doesn’t hurt since the cars have padding and seat belts.  The hits are not a personal attack.  The ride is designed so you are going to get hit and to allow you to hit other cars.

Life can be like bumper cars.  You are working and living your life and suddenly a stressful situation hits you from the side.  Somebody from behind comes up and gives you additional responsibilities that you didn’t see coming.  Problems come at you from family, friends, health, work, and society.  You can’t see them all coming and prepare, and you can’t avoid them all.

Pains that started out small grow into major ones gradually.  The occasional headache becomes a daily one.  The twinge in your neck now makes it hard to turn your head.  An incident from exercise or activity that you thought would go away doesn’t, and instead has decided to move in for a long visit.

Massage can help with the bumper car syndrome.  It gives you some safe time for yourself when nothing is going to hit you unexpectedly.  It helps you realize that you need to expect some bumps along the way.  The bumps in life can hit much harder than bumper cars and we are not always buckled up and prepared for the hits.

Along with reducing stress, massage can also help with the physical pains from the collisions of life.  The tension in your muscles is reduced, allowing you to move much more freely and easier.  Some headaches are muscle related, so relieving that tension helps to keep the headache from coming back.  Muscles get tight and shortened from inactivity and need some relief.  Muscles that get overused from activity need relief to let them work properly.

Bumper cars are fun once in a while, but it wouldn’t be fun if that is how we got around all the time.  Massage is a great way to deal with the bumps that hit us along the way.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

 

Massage and the magic wand

If you could wave a magic wand and all of your pain were gone – what would your life be like?  What would you do that you don’t do now?  What would you do more of?  What would you do less of (sitting and taking pain pills maybe?).  Use your imagination and picture yourself doing the things you would like to do.  Go down memory lane and think of what you used to do that you enjoyed but don’t do anymore.  Have you grown accustomed to the pain you have, thinking it’s just something you have to live with?

What if you were having a bad, really bad day?  What if in one hour you could have a completely different outlook on life?  How about of instead of continuing with a rotten day, the rest of your day were now terrific?  You would feel better, and your friends, family, and coworkers would also be grateful.

What if you didn’t have to take so many pills for pain?  What if you didn’t have a recurring headache?  What would it be like to get out of bed and not think about what part of your body is hurting?  What if your muscles didn’t feel wound up tight and instead you could move freely, fluidly, and gracefully?  OK, so some of us are not that graceful – but I am more graceful when I feel better.

What if – you didn’t have a knot in your back; that you could bend down easily; that you could turn your neck without turning your whole body?  What if you got a really good night’s sleep?  Do you remember what it feels like to not wake up in pain?

Sometimes we have a problem or an issue that is befuddling us and try as we might we just can’t crack it.  What if in just one hour your mind were open to new possibilities and solutions started coming to you?  The solutions were there the whole time but couldn’t find their way through the tangled labyrinth of your stressed mind.  They are so obvious and simple you wonder why you didn’t see them before.  What if with new clarity your productivity and creativity soared?

What if these things were available – and getting them felt so good as well?  Massage is a time just for you.  You can relax on a comfortable, warm massage table.  You can let your responsibilities go and let your mind drift.  Tell me what pain you have and then let me take care of you.  I’ll use my training, skills, and knowledge to help you feel like yourself again.

What if you make an appointment for a massage already?

Massage is not magic, but sometimes the results can feel magical.  If you have an injury or medical condition, massage may be able to help but it can’t cure everything.  See a doctor or other medical professional if needed.  Massage has a lot to offer in just a little time.

If you want, I’ll use a bamboo piece as a magic massage wand and mutter the secret magic massage words.  Then let everything go, enjoy your massage, and walk back out to the world with a new outlook full of new possibilities.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

Pillows and Pain

When you think of things that cause you pain, pillows don’t usually come to mind.  They are usually light and soft, and we look forward to finding ours each night.

How could such an innocent item be a cause of pain?  Pillows flatten out and their shape changes with use over time.  How long have you had your current pillow?  That pillow that was so nice when it was new has put in its time and may need to be retired if it is not as fluffy or firm as it once was.

Is your pillow causing you pain?  Neck and shoulder pain is the most common complaint that I hear from people coming in for a massage with me.  I like to ask questions to understand what has caused the pain.  Of course stress and posture are big factors with many people.  People also say they slept funny or they woke up with more pain than they had the night before.  If your neck didn’t hurt when you went to bed but is does in the morning, something about how you sleep may be causing it.

Typically people don’t think much about their pillow and bed.  We have enough other things to occupy our attention.  Even if everything isn’t perfect, it is nice to crawl into bed after a long day.  We do notice differences when traveling and sleeping in a new place.  Usually we look forward to getting back into our own bed.

We like our rest and a good night’s sleep. We should feel better, not worse, in the morning.  While you are checking things out, examine your mattress also.

Pillows don’t cost a lot, so it is not a big expense to try a new one.  If a few dollars can prevent you from waking up with pain, it is money well spent.  Mattresses and beds are of course more expensive, so be sure to do your research and get one that you will be happy with.

You have enough other things that cause you pain.  If a pillow is a problem, replace it.  It may be hard to let go of the old one, but you will learn to love your new one too.

And no, I don’t sell or have stock in pillow and mattress companies.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

Who I am afraid of

There is somebody who I am afraid of.  It’s probably not who you may think of at first.

It’s not a monster like a werewolf, or a person out to do me harm, although like most people who work on their own I have to be aware of my surroundings and look out for my safety.  I don’t think about those things much.  I do think quite a bit about the scariest person – the customer who doesn’t come back.

I want everything about your time with me and in my office to be outstanding.  I want you to feel great from the massage work you receive.  I want you to feel safe at all times and confident in my qualifications.  I want you to know you are an important person to me, that I care about you, and that I will give you my full attention while you are here.  I want you to come back because life events will make your muscles hurt and cause you stress and I know how much relief massage provides.

If there is something – anything – that you don’t like about your massage, I want to know.  If it is during your massage speak up and I will make adjustments.  I can adjust the pressure or temperature or music or draping as much as I can.  It doesn’t matter to me what the temperature is, and I know each person has their own comfort zone.

I get massages too.  I know what it is like to be on the table.  I really look forward to my massages and want to feel great when it is done.  I know that you are coming in with pain and stress and you want to leave without them.  I don’t want to do anything to add more to what you have.

If you tell me not to massage some area, then I won’t.  Obviously private areas are off limits to me. If you don’t want your feet touched, just let me know and I will respect your wishes.  We will talk before starting about what you want today, and I will adjust the massage accordingly.  Do you want extra time on your back or neck?  That’s fine – just let me know and I’ll do it.

If there is something you don’t like about your massage, chances are good that somebody else feels the same way.  If you don’t say anything, I may not  know a change is needed.  If you don’t let your me know your preferences, you will get the same disappointing results.

If there was something unsatisfactory with my service to you, I want to know so I can improve it.

I respect your privacy.  Although I am used to seeing and touching bodies, this may be a new or uncommon experience for you to have a different person touching you.  I want you to be relaxed, so wear whatever you want during your massage.

Many businesses fail because they don’t listen to their customers.  I want to know what you think.  When I ask how things are, don’t say “OK” or “fine” or “good” if they are not.  Nobody has hurt my feelings yet, and I don’t think you will be the first.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

 

 

Should I get a massage from just anybody?

You would like some relief from your pain or discomfort or your stress.  You think a massage is a good idea to help you feel better.  There are lots of choices to pick from when you are looking for a massage.  You may find a daily deal online – but there are issues that you can read about here.  You could also go to a massage chain – but you can read here why they are not for everybody.  Some people wonder if they can go to just anybody for a massage.

The short answer is yes.  There are people who will take your money and work on your muscles.

The full answer which I think you are really interested in is more involved.

Not everyone who does massage has the same training, and not all are licensed.  Here in Ohio a person with massage education and training with a license is called a licensed massage therapist (LMT).  Most people who are LMT’s will make that known in their advertising, web site, and marketing material.  As a side note, massage is regulated by each state, so you may see something different than LMT in other areas.

There are many reasons to look for a LMT to work with as you make your decision.  A person practicing massage without a license may have had no massage training at all – they may have been shown some things or learned on their own.

LMT’s (and I am one) have been educated in the following areas.

Ethics.  There are a lot of situations that need to be considered.  Nothing out of the ordinary may ever come up in your massages, but circumstances occur that we need to know how to handle.  It could be serious (such as keeping all of your information confidential except as required by law), or something simple that people are unsure about, and being able to handle it professionally while keeping you at ease.

Training.  I have studied muscles, soft tissue, and bones and how they work together and affect each other.  I studied the physiology of the body to know what effects will occur from what I am doing.  I had hundreds of hours of hands-on training to learn the proper massage techniques and worked in a school clinic under the supervision of an instructor.  My training was massage specific and didn’t include other things such as haircuts and manicures.

Prostitution and sex.  Yes it’s true that some people use massage as a cover for prostitution.  Others, while not engaging in prostitution, will pursue sex with their client, and vice versa.  As with any group of people, there are a minority who will bend the rules (of law or ethics) and those who will do whatever they think they can get away with.  Sex with a client is illegal and an ethical violation, and a person with a license is jeopardizing their license, livelihood, reputation, and career.  Besides knowing that it is wrong, we have too much at stake.

On an even more serious note, human trafficking still goes on partly under the heading of massage.  Young girls are taken far from their homes and forced into prostitution.  If you suspect this happening around you, please report the establishment to local and state authorities.

Insurance.  I have liability insurance for my practice.  Massage and some of the tools used can cause damage to your body if done incorrectly.  If you have a problem, does the person working on you have insurance?  You don’t want to walk out of your massage in worse shape and have a possible legal battle also.

Finally, as with so many other things in life, you get what you pay for.  If you want to be cared for by a properly trained and licensed professional, do a little checking.  It won’t take long.  I will carefully listen to you and ask questions so you can walk out feeling great and knowing you got what you really needed.  You can relax completely knowing that I have your best interests in mind and that I have the skills developed over many years to help you.

Do you let just anybody work on your roof, plumbing, or vehicle?  Do you follow investment advice from some guy in a restaurant?  Do you get legal advice from a baker?  It’s your one and only body, so get it taken care of by somebody who knows what they are doing.  The price in dollar terms should only be one of the factors you use to make a decision.  Click here to read more about massage and price.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

Warning signs

There are warning signs all around us.  Some are actual signs, such as road signs that warn us of construction or a dangerous curve ahead.  Some are built into our vehicles.  They warn us of low fuel, engine problems, or potential safety issues.  In our homes we can have a security system that alerts us to an intruder.  Smoke alarms and CO2 alarms notify us of a dangerous and possibly life threatening problem.  A friends CO2 alarm went off at his house.  Inspection revealed that their oven and water heater were both leaking gas and needed to be replaced.  While he was not happy about needing to buy new appliances, he was grateful for the warning and that he and his family were safe.

With all of our electronic devices now we can get warnings on them also.  Among them are banks and credit card companies checking for fraud or stolen information.  We can be reminded of meetings and events on our schedule so they are not forgotten.

Most warnings exist for our safety along with a few for our convenience.  They tell us there is danger ahead and that there is time to do something about it.  Most warnings are designed to be easily noticed.  They are highly visible, and many flash or make noise to get our attention.  They tend to stay on until you take action on them.

Your body gives warning signs also. When it does, listen.  Pay attention and take action.  Ignored warnings typically lead to a bigger problem which you will look back on and regret later.  The longer you wait, the longer it will take  to recover and feel really good again.  It’s much easier, faster, and often more effective to deal with a small problem than something that has grown into a large problem.

If you are having constant headaches, not sleeping well, always feeling stressed and having difficulty relaxing, or have an area that is in pain daily (like your neck or back), then your body is giving you a warning that something needs to change.  Give massage a chance to help.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

Temporary Benefits – a valid massage objection?

Some people are interested in massage but have reservations.  One that I have heard is that massage only provides a temporary benefit.  This is true because after your massage eventually you are going to need another one.  If you are active after your massage, you will get sore and tired again.  If you are not active, you will get stiff and tight.  Stress will also return uninvited in either case.

Is this a valid objection to getting a massage?  Let’s think about some other things that you do that are temporary also.

Eating and drinking.  You are going to get hungry again whether you enjoyed a wonderful favorite meal or leftovers.  Even if you stuff yourself at a holiday feast, you get hungry again and need to eat.  Also, even if  you drink enough so you are sloshing you will need to drink more later.

Sleep.  If you got a great night’s sleep and are well rested, at the end of the day you need to sleep again.  Without sleep we don’t function well, lose the ability to think clearly, and our judgment suffers.  Our movements become less coordinated and less precise.  The effects of lack of sleep are very noticeable in just a few hours beyond when you begin feeling tired.

Personal hygiene.  We continue to brush our teeth, shower, wash our hands, and other things routinely.  In fact, we tend to keep our distance from those who do not.  We wash our clothes after wearing them and our dishes after using them.   We do maintenance work on our cars and homes to keep them performing well and to prevent small problems from turning into major ones later.

Exercise.  A great workout doesn’t last.  To achieve lasting long-term benefits you need to make it a habit and exercise routinely.  Even if you were to run a marathon you would need to continue to exercise to remain fit after.

The effects of medicine are temporary, but that doesn’t stop people from using it.  One pill doesn’t solve a problem or cure a sickness.  One vitamin doesn’t last a week, much less a lifetime.

Your body has needs that require regular attention.  Massage, like the other things listed here, is indeed temporary, but that doesn’t mean it is not valuable.  Your headache, stiff neck, back pain, or other ailments do not go away on their own.  You have to do something to make it better.  Let massage be a way to help you feel good along with your other regular activities.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

How chair massage can help your business

Every year businesses big and small lose valuable productive work time to pain and stress.  This lost time can be sick days (from headaches, pain, or “mental health” days), or simply decreased productivity while at work.  Chair massage offers many benefits for your business.

With chair massage, I come to you.  Your employees don’t need to travel or take a day off work.  They can schedule a time during their work day, get their massage, and get back to work without leaving.  They can return to work feeling refreshed and energized, ready to meet the next challenge.  Employees remain fully clothed and no oil or lotion is needed.

Healthy habits are promoted.  Small adjustments to posture or equipment use can significantly reduce pain from repetitive action, and possibly lower the risk of injury.  Employees can learn to manage their daily stress, which increases company morale.

Chair massage is inexpensive.  The cost can be paid completely by the company, or by each employee, or can be split between them.  The typical session is ten minutes and concentrates on the neck and upper back.  Most people are glad to pay a small amount to get relief from a headache, nagging neck pain, or turn down the stress a few notches.

Your business can enjoy multiple benefits with chair massage.  How does a healthier and more enthusiastic work force sound?  Imagine what your company can accomplish with more productive and happier employees – who are at work more often since they may need fewer sick days.  Creativity is often boosted when stress is reduced.

Are you ready to get started or learn more?  Leave a comment and we can connect.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com

Side effects

I’ve been noticing the ads on television and in print about various medicines.  They discuss their benefits and tell you why you should use them.  Then they zip through quite a few possible side effects.  It can make you think that you would rather deal with the problem you have than to add some new problem (which can be helped with another drug, which has other side effects, and … you get the picture).

Massage can’t fix everything, but it can help a number of things.  It’s a great way to prevent minor problems from growing into major ones.  Stress takes a major toll on your mind and body.  It prevents your body from operating the way it should and sucks the joy from your life.  Pain can cause you to compensate for it and adjust your activities, leading to problems in other muscles.  The tight neck you get can lead to headaches, shoulder pain and back pain.

Massage is all natural.  It’s been done for thousands of years.  I’ll just use some lotion (unscented) to prevent too much friction on your skin.  By reducing the stress and pain, your body can begin healing itself.

Massage does have side effects, but they are all positive.  Among them you will experience pain relief, stress relief, a good night’s sleep, and a boost to your immune system.

It feels so much better than swallowing a pill, getting a shot, or having an avoidable procedure performed.  You may find yourself a happier person, which is a great side effect.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at www.HudsonMassageTherapy.com